Amore Perduto : Nigi Sato 1. Toglietemi la Vita Ancor (1:56) (Alessandro Scarlatti) 2. Sono Unite (4:14) (Alessandro Scarlatti) 3. Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Op. 129 (11:16) (Franz Schubert) 4. Se Pieta from Giulio Cesare (6:50) (George Frederic Handel) 5. O Quante Volte from I Capuletti e I Montecchi (8:22) (Vincenzo Bellini) 6. Stornello (3:05) (Pietro Cimara) 7. Fiocca la Neve (2:49) (Pietro Cimara) 8. Oh, Cease Thy Singing Maiden Fair (4:48) (Sergei Rachmaninoff) 9. Un Bel Di from Madama Butterfly (4:21) (Giacamo Puccini) Nigi Sato, soprano Martin Smith, piano Theodore Lane, clarinet on #3 Produced & Engineered by Rich Brotman Associate Producers: Lewis Ehlers & Robert Mascitelli Additional Post Production by Harry Douglas, Magnetic Post ©2010 by Nigi Sato for Bugaku Classics All Rights Reserved All performances recorded November 30, 1982 at Alice Tully Hall, New York City, except #4 recorded November 29, 1983 at Alice Tully Hall, New York City, and #8 & #9 recorded October 10, 1971 at the Japan Society, New York City NIGI SATO, lyric soprano, was born in Tokyo Japan, and studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. She has performed her unique repertoire around the world with great orchestras and accompanists. Nigi was First prize winner at the International Voice Competition, Vercilli, Italy, 1975. Her operatic roles have included Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Liu in Turandot, Netta in Piagliacci, Cleopatra in Guilio Cesare and Micaela in Carmen. 'I think every musician should study Scarlatti. It is wonderful music. I chose to open this recital with two crisp and beautiful pieces by Scarlatti. Schubert's Der Hit auf dem Felsen for voice, piano and clarinet is one of the most beautiful chamber music pieces. Se Pieta (..."have you no pity for me") is from Handel's opera, Guilio Cesare. Cleopatra was one of my roles. O Quanta Volte is the most beautiful soprano aria I know,. It is from Vencenzo Bellini's opera, I Capuletti et I Montecchi (Romeo & Juliet). I found the two Cimarra songs when I was reading music scores in the Library at Lincoln Center. As I began singing them, I really liked them. O Cease Thy Singing Maiden Fair by Rachmaninoff is such a famous song. Many times in recitals, I've sung Un Bel Di as an encore. Since I've played Cio-Cio-San, people expect me to sing it and if I don't, they won't leave the hall.' -Nigi Sato, August 2010.